Mark Wahlberg is unquestionably one of the biggest names to hit the big screen in quite some time. The list of movies that have showcased Wahlberg’s talents includes The fighter, Deepwater Horizon, and his most recent film success, Spencer: Confidential. But despite his success as an actor, Wahlberg says he is not very connected to Hollywood.
The article recently spoke to The Guardian and explained he is “out of the loop” when it comes to the people and happenings in Hollywood. Wahlberg explains working is the activity he does the most. He says he does not frequent dinner parties or live screenings.
Mark Wahlberg lives in Beverly Hills and says an evening out for him is often a trip to the supermarket. He says for as much as he sees other people and socializes, he might as well be living somewhere in the English countryside.
Wahlberg says he both goes to bed and gets up early. He explains the only time he attends award shows is when he has played a role in a movie that is up for consideration. Wahlberg says he enjoys driving his kids to school in the morning and spends much of his time with his wife when he is not working.
Both Wahlberg and the people who know him best will quickly tell you the life he lives now is a far cry from his life as a kid growing up in Boston. Wahlberg was the youngest of nine children and his life could only be described as tumultuous. This was true whether he was spending time in his home or out on the street.
Wahlberg says violence was a way of life for him whenever he stepped outside the front door of his family home. He was a little on the small side as a teenager and said there was time he was preyed upon by bigger teenagers as well as adults. He said learning to protect himself while weight 120 pounds in a violent environment meant being willing to do things he is not proud of.
Wahlberg acknowledges the tragedy of the mistakes he made in his youth. He once received a 2-year sentence in jail for attacking a man. Wahlberg says the offense took place in 1988 and he was doing drugs at the time of the altercation. He was made to do 45 days of his sentence in jail before being released on controlled supervision.
Wahlberg told The Guardian that the mistakes he made in his youth were numerous and that he paid dearly for every one of them. He said it wasn’t difficult for him to come to the realization that he had to change his life. And fortunately for Wahlberg, he was willing to put in the work it took to make the change.
Wahlberg says he took it upon himself to walk his own path and ignore the activities of the gang. He said choosing to march to the beat of his own drummer made it much harder for him to do things like walk alone to the train station, travel to and from work, and go to school. But he was determined that doing “the right thing” was worth the trouble.
Mark Wahlberg says that looking back on it now he knows that the real-life obstacles he has overcome give him something he can draw upon and use for his work. Wahlberg worked to earn a second chance and has made the best of it.
Wahlberg says his children are not very interested in hearing about his gangster past. He says they make fun of him for the most part. He also says he is happy none of those things is part of his life or the life of his children now.